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Raouf J. Halaby

Advocate for Artistic Expression

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Date of Birth:


Jerusalem, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Bridging Cultures Through Arts and Education

Brief bio

Raouf Halaby is a Palestinian-American educator, artist, and peace activist. Born in Jerusalem and later emigrated to the United States, Halaby has utilized his talents in art and his academic platform to promote understanding between Palestinians and Israelis. His works and advocacy highlight the importance of cultural and historical awareness in fostering peace.

Major Milestones


  • Academic Tenure at Ouachita Baptist University: Halaby has had a long-standing career in teaching, influencing countless students with his knowledge in English and art history.

  • Development of Educational Programs: He has been instrumental in developing programs that integrate art and culture into education, emphasizing the power of these tools in promoting peace.

  • Artistic Contributions: As a skilled sculptor and photographer, Halaby's art has been exhibited in numerous shows, serving as a cultural bridge in his community.

  • Public Speaking and Advocacy: A frequent speaker on issues related to Middle East politics and peace initiatives, Halaby's engagements contribute to greater understanding and dialogue...See More

  • Philanthropic Efforts: Halaby and his family have established scholarships for Palestinian women, supporting education as a means for empowerment and peace.

  • Cultural Education: Through his teachings and public lectures, Halaby has educated many about the complexities of Middle Eastern history and the Palestinian cause.

  • Art as Advocacy: Uses his art to express and communicate the nuances of Palestinian identity and the impacts of conflict, fostering empathy and understanding.

  • Support for Palestinian Youth: Through scholarships and educational initiatives, he has directly supported Palestinian youth, particularly in empowering women through education.

  • Community Engagement: Engages his local and academic communities in discussions about peace and reconciliation, advocating for a balanced and informed approach to Middle East conflicts.

  • Written Contributions: Halaby has contributed articles and essays that explore the intersections of culture, politics, and peace in the Middle East, enriching the discourse on these subjects.

Date of Last Update: 
July 8, 2024

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